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Sand Embedded in Casting
Figure 42: Sand Embedded in Casting

Sand Embedded in Casting

Another type of surface defect occurs when sand becomes embedded in the castings and creates rough or bare spots on the surface of the galvanized steel. Sand inclusions are not removed by conventional acid pickling, so abrasive cleaning should be done at the foundry before the products are sent to the galvanizer. This type of defect also leaves bare spots and must be cleaned and repaired or the part must be rejected, stripped, and regalvanized. Sand embedded in a casting can be seen in Figure 42.

Striations are characterized by raised parallel ridges in the galvanized coating
Figure 43: Striations


Striations are characterized by raised parallel ridges in the galvanized coating, mostly in the longitudinal direction. This can be caused when sections of the steel surface are more highly reactive then the areas around them. These sections are usually associated with segregation of steel impurities, especially phosphorous, created during the rolling process in steel making. Striations, as seen in Figure 43, are related to the type of steel galvanized and while the appearance is affected, the performance of the corrosion protection is not. Striations are acceptable on most parts; however, if the striations happen to occur on handrails, then the parts must be rejected and regalvanized. Sometimes regalvanizing does not improve the striations and the handrail must be refabricated out of better quality steel.

Surface contaminants on the surface of the steel
Figure 44: Surface Contaminents

Surface Contaminant

When surface contaminants create an ungalvanized area where the contaminant was originally applied, a surface defect may occur. This is caused by paint, oil, wax, or lacquer not removed during the pretreatment cleaning steps. Surface contaminants, as seen in Figure 44, should be mechanically removed prior to the galvanizing process. If they result in bare areas, then the repair requirements apply and small areas may be repaired, but a large area is grounds for rejection and the entire part must be regalvanized.

Touch mark surface defects
Figure 45: Touch Marks

Touch Marks

Another type of surface defect is known as touch marks, which are damaged or uncoated areas on the surface of the product. Touch marks are caused by galvanized products resting on each other or by the material handling equipment used during the galvanizing operation. Touch marks, as seen in Figure 45, are not cause for rejection if they meet the size criteria for repairable areas. They must be repaired before the part is accepted.